WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield High School shot put and discus thrower junior Maggie McCauley recently placed second in the Union County Championship meet with a shot put throw of 34-feet, 9-inches.

McCauley, who also set a school outdoor record for shot-put with throw of 36-feet, 2.25-inches, is this week’s Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the week.

Assistant Coach Sam Haimmon said that McCauley has shown steady improvement throughout the indoor season, putting in a lot of hard work, both in the throwing circle and in the weight room.

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Haimmon said McCauley has also emerged as a team leader in her event area.

“Maggie has accepted the responsibility of assuming a leadership role as a junior,” Haimmon said. “She will be expected to set a proper example for younger, less experienced throwers, and will be expected to contribute to the team effort in major championship meets such as The Union County Championship Meet as well as The State Sectional Meet. The entire coaching staff thinks she is more than ready and capable to meet this expectation.”

McCauley, who in a dual meet against Elizabeth this past winter achieved an indoor personal record with a shot put throw of 37-feet-1-inches, said she achieved more than she was expecting in that season.

“I got to attend quite a few meets and really improved my throwing,” McCauley said. “At the end of the season, I earned [second] place in the Union County Championship which was a great accomplishment.”

However, McCauley said COVID-19 has greatly impacted her throwing career.

“Quarantine hit right at the start of spring track in 2020, so I was not able to throw that season, and it also pushed back the start of this year's winter season,” McCauley said.

She added, “Despite these changes my coaches and the athletic staff at Westfield High School worked hard to maintain a sense of normalcy this winter and going into this spring season.”

McCauley said she was glad to compete at any level this winter, and she is looking to improve as much as she can during the spring track season.

“While I am very proud of my accomplishments this winter, I still have a long way to go, and I think I can accomplish much more this spring,” McCauley said. “Fortunately, I will have the opportunity to make it to bigger group and state meets, so I am hoping to advance in those and make it to my first Meet of Champions.”

Melissa Fiorentino is a student at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield.

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